Photography and Technology Musings. Established circa 2000.
Tag: Analogue Photography
A collection of my 35mm film photographs in both black and white and colour, showcasing the unique character of film stocks like Tri-X, Pro 400H, Portra 400BW, HP5 400, and more, captured using a range of classic cameras, including Minolta XD-11, Pentax P3n, and others.
I exposed another expired 35mm roll of Kodak Portra 400 BW.
I'm unsure why or how it happened, but I exposed almost an entire cartridge of expired Kodak Professional Portra 400BW with pictures of my orange tabby, Alphonso Mango. I had written "snow day" in my notes, but when I looked at the scans, I realised that I had also written the same thing on the notes for the expired Ilford HP5 400 I had exposed the previous day. I intended to expose both cartridges from the box of expired 35mm film during the snow. But ... I didn't.
Kodak Professional Portra 400BW was a multi-purpose chromogenic black and white negative film designed to be processed in standard C-41 chemistry alongside rolls of colour negative film and printed on traditional colour paper. It was developed like a colour-negative film in the C-41 process and delivered monochrome images like a black-and-white film. The film was intended for exposure with daylight, electronic flash, and artificial illumination. Kodak Professional Portra 400BWW was a versatile film for 35mm and medium format cameras. It was made with a Kodak T-Grain emulsion and had a wide exposure latitude. Production of the Kodak Portra 400BW was discontinued and replaced with Kodak Professional BW400CN, which was also discontinued. This film incorporated Kodak T-GRAIN® emulsions, which provided wonderful grain and sharpness at a relatively high speed. This film was used for portrait and wedding applications and many commercial applications.
The first time I used Kodak Porta 400BW, I exposed it at box speed. I realised then that I needed to overexpose the expired film. I exposed this 35mm roll of Kodak Professional Portra 400BW at ISO 100. The results are much better. But I think ISO 160 may have produced better results.
The film cartridge was developed at Boutique Photo Lab and scanned on my Epson Perfection V600 with VueScan 9. I processed the negative scans using Negatvibe Lab Pro, adjusted the exposure by -1/3 EV in Adobe Lightroom and cropped out the film borders.
Ilford HP5 400 35mm film was a black and white photographic film that gained a reputation as a versatile and reliable choice for both amateur and professional photographers.
We have had very little snow this winter. One morning in early March, we had snow that lasted more than a few minutes. It was early morning, and I had no pressing meetings. I grabbed the Minolta X-700 and loaded an unlabeled black cartridge from the box of expired 35mm film. The film cartridge was inside a smaller box labelled Ilford HP5 400. I went outside for a quick walk along Salisbury Road.
I have not exposed snowy scenes with any film stock. Snow confuses the camera's exposure meter. It will most likely underexpose your shots because it can't recognise the brightness of the snow. The X-700 doesn’t have the advanced "WYSIWYG" preview features of my Fuji X-T3, so I expected that my exposure would all be shit.
Ilford HP5 400 35mm film was a black and white photographic film that gained a reputation as a versatile and reliable choice for both amateur and professional photographers. This film has been a staple in the photography industry for decades, known for its fine grain, high contrast, and excellent tonal range.
The ISO rating of 400 made this film suitable for many lighting conditions, including low-light situations. It was ideal for capturing sharp, detailed images with a high level of contrast and emphasising deep blacks and bright whites. This made it particularly well-suited for portraits, street photography, and documentary-style photography.
Ilford HP5 400 was also known for its wide exposure latitude, which means it could handle a wide range of exposures without sacrificing image quality. This made it an excellent choice for photographers who needed to work quickly in changing light conditions or who wanted to experiment with different exposure settings.
The film was sold in 35mm format, one of the world’s most widely used film formats, and came in 36 exposure rolls. It was processed using standard black-and-white processing techniques and was compatible with various developers and fixers.
Ilford HP5 400 35mm film was a classic black and white film that has stood the test of time. Its current iteration, HP5 Plus, continues to be famous for black-and-white photography. Its versatility, reliability, and high-quality results have made it a photographer’s favourite for decades. It remains a popular choice for those who value the timeless beauty of black-and-white photography.
To compensate for the number of years that have passed since the film expired, I overexposed this cartridge of expired Ilford HP 400. I exposed it at ASA 50 and sent it to Boutique Film Lab for development. The cartridge was listed for 36 exposure, but I got 38 usable frames from the cartridge. The negatives were scanned with VueScan 9 on my Epson Perfection V600. I added meta-data using Exif Editor and imported the images into Adobe Lightroom, where they were converted to viewable images using Negative Lab Pro. I asked my regular lab, Boutique Film Lab, to pull the film -3 during development. At least, that’s what I have in my notes. I’m not sure if they did that or not.
I exposed a cartridge of Ilford FP4 Plus 125 at the historic Kingston Lock on the Delaware and Raritan Canal.
This is my first time using Ilford FP4 Plus 125, and I wish I had only bought more than one cartridge. I loaded the cartridge into my default film photography kit, my Minolta XD-11 with MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 lens. I also brought my Manfrotto tripod.
I drove again to Kingston Village Historical Village, where I had exposed a roll of expired Fujicolor Super HQ 200 the day before. I focused (no pun intended) on the Kingston Lock, the Locktender's House, and the Lock tollhouse. The early morning sun shining through the trees cast distinct shadows on the north-facing side of the Kingston Lock Tender's House. This would be a great way to test how well the film stock handles light and shadow.
The Lock Tender's House at the Delaware and Raritan Canal Lock in Kingston is a historic building that dates back to the 19th century. The Delaware and Raritan Canal was an important transportation route that ran through central New Jersey, connecting the Delaware River to the Raritan River. The lock tender's job was to operate the lock, allowing boats to navigate the canal by raising or lowering the water level.
The Lock Tender's House was built in the 1830s and served as the residence for the lock tender and his family. The house is a small, one-story, clapboard-sided structure with a gabled roof and a chimney. The building is now the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park headquarters, which manages the parkland surrounding the canal.
Today, visitors to the Lock Tender's House can learn about the history of the Delaware and Raritan Canal and the role of the lock tender in maintaining the canal's operation. The house is open to the public during park hours and features exhibits and interpretive displays about the canal's history and ecology.
The Tollhouse was the collection point for tolls charged to boats passing through the lock. The Delaware and Raritan Canal Company charged tolls based on the cargo's weight. The Tollhouse was strategically located near the lock, so boats passing through it would have to stop and pay the toll before continuing their journey.
Ilford FP4 Plus 125 is a high-quality black and white film designed for 35mm cameras. It is a medium-speed film that offers a classic, versatile look with excellent sharpness, fine grain, and wide exposure latitude. This makes it ideal for various photographic applications, from fine art and portrait photography to landscape and architectural photography.
According to Ilford, the film is coated on a polyester base and features a silver emulsion optimized for use with traditional black-and-white development processes. Its ISO rating of 125 means it performs well in high-light situations and provides good detail and contrast in both highlights and shadows. I sent the exposed film to Boutique Film Lab for development. I scanned the negatives using VueScan 9 and my Epson Perfection V600 and used Negative Lab Pro to convert the scans. I did some perspective corrections and moved the exposure slide -1/3 inpleasedhtroom. The film also has a wide exposure latitude, which means it can be over or underexposed by a few stops without significantly affecting the final image quality. I am very happy with the results.
Ilford FP4 Plus 125 produced rich blacks, bright whites, and a full range of greys. The fine-grain structure helped to create sharp, detailed images with good edge definitions. I've had some issues with getting sharp images from the film, which I chalked up to the challenges of manually focusing the lens because of my eye surgeries. But the pictures from the scans of Ilford FP4 Plus 125 were sharp, which makes me wonder if my previous experience is due to the film stocks I have used.
Ilford FP4 Plus
chromogenic black and white negative
Boutique Film Lab
Epson Perfection V600
VueScan 9, Negative Lab Pro, Adobe Lightroom